The humble sport of bowls is quietly undergoing a renaissance, and this weekend, your local “bowlo” is inviting you to take a fresh look during their Open Day, Barefoot style!
Bowls…..hmmmm, you’re probably thinking about all those superannuation advertisements with pensioners in white clothes and strict rules.
But similar to Cricket, Bowls has undergone a metamorphosis since the 70’s and 80’s, where today it’s very easy to “roll up” to your local bowls club with some friends, and have a casual afternoon of “Barefoot Bowls” over a couple of cheap drinks and eats (some traditions do die hard!). In fact over 900,000 Australians are experiencing bowls each year making it one of Australia’s top 10 sports (see Johnboy’s “The Joy of Lawn Bowls” article).
With children as young as 5 taking up the sport, Bowls caters for the young and the young at heart. Not requiring any special physical attributes, Bowls is a game the whole family can enjoy at both a social and competitive level, as it’s a sport that’s very easy to learn, but can takes years to master.
And that’s the appeal. At your local bowling club you will find people from all walks of life, high flying business people rubbing shoulders with uni students, kids, people with disabilities, champions and chumps, attempting to master the game alongside one another, and enjoying each other’s friendship along the way. It’s a great value sport too.
And if you’re looking to scratch your competitive itch, Bowls is jam packed with opportunities for championship glory. Between the ages of 30-50, many recently retired cricketers, footballers and netballers are finding a home in their local bowls team and on the championship/ tournament circuits.
Each bowling club across the ACT and region is inviting you to take a fresh look this Saturday (19th OCT), with clubs conducting activities from Friday (18th) evening to through to Sunday (20th) afternoon (check below for details). The helpful friendly volunteers, fun modified games, cheap food and drinks, and casual friendly atmosphere will have you wondering why you hadn’t tried bowls sooner!
There’s something for everyone at your local bowls club, where there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet.
Take a fresh look this weekend. You’ll be bowled over!